Archive for the ‘NaNoWriMo’ Category

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Wondering where I’ve been?


Well, you could pretend.

I’ve gassed up the virtual Cadillac and have been touring the country visiting friends blogs. here’s a road map in case you missed any.

Gar Haywood’s crazy interview on Murderati

Elizabeth White’s great book review site where I blog on what’s wrong with most fight scenes

Joe Konrath’s Newbie’s Guide to Publishing where I wrote about risk and the mystery writer

Amy Alessio’s Reading and cooking blog where you get to read about my vegeatarian Buffalo chicken wing recipe

Ebook and Kindle Reader Blog where I wrote about reviving the tired boxing metaphor

Crimespree Blog on how to write a novel in an hour a day

The ABC Basset Rescue Blog where I wrote about the importance of basset celebrations

Dana Cameron was nice enough to host me on the Femmes Fatale blog. i wrote about what people don’t know about boxing

LJ Sellers hosted me on the Crime Fiction Collective on punching up your fight scenes

Deb Baker had me at Cozy Chicks where I wrote about dogs in mysteries

Sueann Jaffarian was nice enough to host my favorite TV personality thoughts on Steve McGarrett at Criminal Minds

If you have a blog and would like me to come visit just let me know!


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It’s over.

Thirty days to writing a novel have been completed.

What have you got? Let me guess.

1. You have less than 50k words

2. You’re not happy with the result

3. You skipped a few days, missed your minimum on a few others and lost enthusiasm.

Am I close?

If so–Congratulations you have become a novelist! Good days, bad days, productivity and inefficiency.

This was a start and that’s all. Even if you finished you’ve got to edit, polish and rewrite. then when some professional looks at it you’ll have to do it again.

So, it isn’t over. Not even close.

If you want to be an author you keep at it. You keep at it when its not fun, when you have a headache, when you’d rather do something else and when you’ve got other things on your mind.

You work.

Now, there’s no law that says you have to but if you want to be a writer there’s only one thing to do.

Ass on chair, fingers on keyboard. Type!

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Has a friend said something stupid like:

“Why are you spending your time doing that? You don’t expect it to get published do you?”

I hate people. Most of them suck and even the ones that don’t are often self-involved pain-in-the-asses.

A shitty comment can take the wind out of your sails in an instant.

“Ha ha! Don’t quit your day job!” is one of my favorites, usually uttered by someone who spends 40 hours a week in a cubicle on Facebook.

Look, you started this novel thing for yourself. Keep it to yourself. make it your own private hobby, your own indulgence.

No one else will get it except other people doing it and even some of them won’t.

Shhh…don’t explain, don’t justify.

Sit down, ass on chair, fingers on keyboard. Type!


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Are you thinking:

There’s only a few days left. I didn’t accomplish anywhere near my goal.

Are you like the guy who does P90x for 89 days and feels like a loser? The guy who doesn’t drink 364 days and takes one drink and immediately labels himself an incurable alcoholic?

All or nothing thinking, perfectionism–whatever you call it –not because we’re not being kind to ourselves but because it is self-defeating.

The point of NaNoWriMo is to jumpstart you and to get you started. Developing a demanding all-or-nothing attitude isn’t the point. Stay disciplined, don’t goof off and avoid excuses but when fallibility gets in the way don’t use it as an excuse to quit.

Got it? Good. Ass on chair, fingers on keyboard. Type!


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Shit happens in life. Bad shit.

Sometimes it occurs in the middle of your project. Sometimes people stop writing because of it.

I’m not going to tell you that you should push through it. You can, and it might even help. But depending on what happens you may choose not to.

That’s the key–know it is a choice. It might be the most appropriate choice but it is still a choice. You have the power. If it was your only form of income and you had a financial crisis writing would be imperative.

If you do feel like you want to choose to not write think about whether it has to be an absolute. Could you write less, less often or doing something else that keeps you close to your project. Of course you can..if you choose to.

I heard Lou Holtz say that in the next 12 months we’ll all have three crises hit us that we didn’t count on. I don’t know how he picked three but it seems to hold true. Each crisis has a different impact and a different level.

Be careful that you’re not looking for an excuse to quit…even when it’s a good one.

Got it? Good. Now ass on chair, fingers on keyboard. Type!


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You’ve had this feeling:

I want to write, I really do but I don’t know what to write today! I better wait.

You’re full of shit.

The real answer is you’re not sure what to write and sense that you might have to start and stop and go in different directions and maybe rip something up and start over. That sucks. It’s work and it’s not pleasant.

But it is different than not knowing what to write.

This is another form of telling yourself that writing is too hard. It isn’t–it’s merely hard some days. Stop being a wimp.

Got it? Good. Now ass on chair, fingers on keyboard. Type!



Are you having this thought:

This is so stupid. I’ll never make any money. It’s not worth it!

If that’s why you’re writing you are correct. For 99% of writers the money is less than the public imagines.

So if you think you’ll never be financially rewarded for all your work. You are probably right.

You won’t.

Got it? Good. Ass on chair, fingers on keyboard. Type!

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Are you asking yourself:

“Why did I do this? Why did I commit to so much work?

Half way through your thirty days it is a common sentiment. The excitement of starting probably has worn off and the easy nature of banging out words may not be so easy any more.

So why did you want to do this?

Because you always wanted to get your idea out on paper?

because you wanted to see if you could do it?

Because you had an important story to tell?

Whatever your reason you should write it down and keep it close to your keyboard. Read before you begin or when you get up in the morning. It will remind you of your purpose.

Got it? Good. Now ass on chair, fingers on keyboard. Type!



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I’m too old to start a writing carer…

Using the word “too” is the give away here. “Too” implies a judgement, a rationalization and an excuse.

How could you be “too” old to write.

You might say, “Well, I’m 40-50-60-70-80 and if I start now i won’t finish until I’m 40-50-60-70-80…”

True, but you’re going to age anyway. Why not spend the time doing something you  find fulfilling?

You could also make lots of age related excuses about it being a young person’s business, that no one will care about an AARP member’s ideas and other ideas like that.

Excuses, my older friend, excuses.

Now, ass on chair, fingers in keyboard. Type!

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Are you thinking:

This writing project is stupid. I’m not curing cancer or saving lives. It’s just stupid.

I met a dancer one time who said she danced for “The good of the movement.” That dancing by itself was important.

In other words we decide what is important. I believe that having an interest in something bigger than yourself is what makes life worth living. Completing a book fits that category.

It doesn’t matter what kind of book. The project is worth the exercise even if the content is only to entertain…which I also believe is a worthwhile goal.

Write for the good of the movement.

Got it? Good. Ass on chair. Fingers on keyboard. Type!